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With less than a week before the season two finale of the U.S. "The X Factor," the judge has decided he will not be returning to the show.
Reid had a successful first season, signing three runners-up and distributing season winner Melanie Amaro's album. However, it appears his first priority is his job as chairman and CEO of Epic Records.
"I have a company to run that I've kind of neglected," he told Access Hollywood.
While we're disappointed to see Reid go, we are intrigued by the rocker he'd like to see fill his judge's chair.
"My choice would be like Jon Bon Jovi," he said. Interesting!
The decision to leave seems to be a smart move, at least financially! Of all "The X Factor" singers that Reid had signed from the first season, only rapper Chris Rene has pulled in any significant numbers. His first single, "Young Homie," sold 290,000 copies.
Reid's departure will certainly change up the dynamic for season three of the show. Since fellow judge Britney Spears only signed a one-year contract, it looks like Simon Cowell may have to be looking for two replacements! Carly Rae Jepsen, anyone?
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